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Should voters put Democrats back in control of Congress?

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From the pages of In Business magazine.

Welcome to "Political Posturing," featuring opposing views on current issues important to Wisconsin's business community. In this column, Wisconsin Business Alliance Board President Brad Werntz and conservative columnist David Blaska offer their opinions from the left and the right, respectively.

Ohhhhh, heck yes! Let me count the reasons.

By Brad Werntz

I have to admit, I’m in the middle of the road on this one: I’m stuck somewhere between “yes” and “hell yes.” So what the heck, let’s go all in.

Hell yes: Because our government was founded on the principles of checks and balances against tyranny, and we have a would-be tyrant in the executive office who is trying to shoot the moon and become president for life.

Hell yes: Because even though the Republicans have all three branches of government in their pocket and still can’t govern their way out of a paper bag, on a daily basis there has been an assault on the ideals and core values that make our country great. The president has rolled back protections for the environment, gutted science and education programs, removed key parts of the social safety net that has protected the middle class for eight decades, de-regulated banks and financial institutions so that we can repeat the Great Recession (or maybe the Great Depression), reduced our standing with allies around the world, aggravated our enemies, waged a trade war that has destroyed jobs at farms and at manufacturing plants across the country, and on and on.

Hell yes: Because the party of fiscal conservatives hasn’t existed in decades, and the GOP has proven again and again that their model for economic growth leads us to the edge of disaster. We’re on track to have record debt, once again, after having a surplus under Clinton and a steep drop in debt under Obama.

Hell yes: Because after eight scandal-free years under President Obama, we’ve had 39 indictments and counting against corruption at all levels of government, and it’s not even been two years.

Hell yes: Because the feckless Republican party — particularly House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Gov. Scott Walker — have lost their spines and can only spew the mildest rebukes against the mismanagement, corruption, and chaos that we see, like babies burping up Pablum.

Throw them out. Throw them all out. Take back the House. Flip the Senate. Now is the time. This is what we’ve been training for.

Brad Werntz is a small business owner in Madison.

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